After a hectic week of the "small" plant growers of the UK collectively shouting at APHA (Animal and Plant Health Authority) concerning the unworkable and unenforceable new Plant Passports (PPs) Directive which, as it stood, was the DEATH of plant sales in the UK - cheers and applause, APHA have changed their guidance.
For a while, they were telling us that we needed to undergo Registration (free, quick, easy) AND to also apply for Authorisation to Issue Plant Passports (PPs), which is potentially very expensive.
This is now their policy concerning the new Plant Passports (PPs) Directive, as it applies to those of us who propagate our own plants at home:
" For all these situations you would only be required to be
registered. (ie You are growing the plants yourself, and selling them
face-to-face; you are growing them yourself, advertising them online,
but handing them over face-to-face with money exchanging hands on the
doorstep; you are growing them yourself, advertising them online, taking
payment online (ie Paypal etc) then handing the plant over
In a nutshell, if you sell plants by post/courier, ie not local, then you need to do Registration, and you also need to go through the (expensive) Authorisation process as all plant movements require the plants to have PPs.
However, if you sell plants face-to-face, ie from your garden, at boot fairs, locally, then you do need to do Registration, but you don't need to issue PPs.
Thank heavens for that! A huge sigh of relief is now wafting up from all the millions of specialist "amateur" growers, the hobbyists, the clubs, the charities, and all of us who supplement our jobs/pensions with selling a few plants on the side.
The email finishes:
"Our guidance on this has changed following feedback and a review of the
application process. As we deal more with the application side rather
than the specifics of policy, we can only follow the guidance we are
given, but I apologise that the initial guidance you were given on this
Yay! That beeping sound is APHA reversing their decisions, changing
their minds, responding to our somewhat heated feedback, and amending
the restrictions! So hooray for common sense, and well done to everyone who pestered APHA with endless emails!